Things kids should have to do:
Their first car should always be a junky piece of shit that they have to pay for themselves.
Their clothes should not cost more than 25% more than the clothes I wear and if they do, they can pay for them.
They should work an embarrassing, service industry job for at least one year, preferably a place that makes them wear a smock and name tag.
Things kids should not be allowed to have/do/get away with:
Girls should not be allowed to get artificial nails; I'm talking 14.
They should be allowed a pager, but not a cell phone.
They should have a curfew until they're a senior in high school of at the latest 11pm-midnight.
I'll add to these as they come to me. Please message me any suggestions.
I wanted to add one example in an attempt to explain the emphasis of this node.
There is a customer that I am dealing with currently. He is a 17 year old whose parents bought him a 2000 F150
after he totaled their Expedition
. This kid doesn't pay the insurance, the note or anything else on this truck but he
is the one who most often refers to it as his.
Apparently he has nothing better to do, because he comes by the shop to check on his vehicle every few days, which is amusing because when he took this truck out in the middle of the night without his parents' permission and rammed it into a pole while not wearing his seatbelt, he did about 10 grand of damage, which means we will be working on it for several weeks. He bugs me about changing out the factory bumper with something not fitted for his truck, then bugs me again because he wants to close up the holes that the little "F150" emblems fit into on the fenders so he can put after market side lamps in there. So when he does this, I call his mommy, since she owns the truck and her name is on the policy. And she tells me to go ahead as planned.
And what's even more hilarious is that he went to the new car sales department and test drove a Mustang GT convertible, thinking that his parents will trade in the truck once it's finished and buy him this Mustang.
This is the kind of kid that annoys me the most, and the suggestions I had listed above were directed at teens like this, or ways to avoid teens like this.